Hard Rock International When the plane carrying Buddy Holly, the Big Bopper…
- Posted on Apr 28th 2011 11:30AM by Jason MacNeil
According to a press release sent out earlier today (April 28), the cover versions aren't the typical note-for-note renditions but instead artists "clearly felt free to explore radically new interpretations." Florence and the Machine "bring an industrial New Orleans vibe" to 'Not Fade Away' while Modest Mouse covers 'That'll Be the Day' in an "avant-garde" style.
Other artists include the Stokes' Julian Casablancas covering the title track, Lou Reed doing 'Peggy Sue,' Paul McCartney singing 'It's So Easy,' My Morning Jacket offering up 'True Love Ways,' Patti Smith performing 'Words of Love' and the Black Keys opening the album with 'Dearest.'
A website has been set up but contains no samples of the songs.
Holly, who would have turned 75 this September, is best known for hits such as 'Peggy Sue,' 'That'll Be the Day' and 'Rave On,' among many others during the 1950s with his backing band the Crickets. Holly died on Feb. 3, 1959 in a plane crash following a performance with Richie Valens and J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson. He was 22.
Don McLean's classic song 'American Pie' pays tribute to the late singer, referring to Holly's death as "the day the music died."